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Free At Noon Flashback: Bobby Long serenades World Cafe Live upstairs with his rootsy jams

Bobby Long | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Bobby Long | Photo by Cameron Pollack

UK folk artist Bobby Long played a striking and sincere show upstairs at World Cafe Live for today’s Free At Noon. The set was a mix of the old and new, the opener coming from his yet-to-be-titled crowd-funded album, followed with some of Long’s older tracks from his debut, A Winter Tale, and second, Wishbone. He jokingly commented on their central theme of death this close to the holidays, jibing “Happy holidays, everyone.” Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: The Lower 40 give Bobbie Gentry a smashing and sincere tribute

The Lower 40 | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
The Lower 40 | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Today’s Free At Noon concert featured 11 local musicians paying tribute to Bobbie Gentry’s album Ode to Billie Joe, in celebration of author Tara Murtha’s new 33 1/3 book exploring the album. Performing under the name The Lower 40 (a lyric from the album’s title track), the band took the stage today at noon, filling it out entirely with their five interchanging vocalists, horns, vibraphone and more. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: The Revivalists tear it up at World Cafe Live

The Revivalists | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
The Revivalists | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

As Lousiana-based rock soul group The Revivalists stepped onto the stage at today’s Free At Noon, it quickly became clear that the show would be an electric one. The six-piece (keyboardist Michael Girardot was unable to play due to a family matter) quickly blasted into their foot-stomping jams with a head-bobbing crowd in tow. Rip-roaring solos from saxophonist Rob Ingraham, guitarist Zack Feinberg, and pedal steel guitarist Ed Williams peppered the performance and kept the crowd hooting for more. Lead singer David Shaw amped up excitement by jumping off stage and high-fiving show-goers while crooning into his microphone. The group’s laid-back style made for some positive vibes, especially when Shaw plopped down Indian-style during the performance. After finishing their last song, the group lingered on stage and made light banter with the audience before launching into an encore. The show was magnetic and made it pretty clear that when The Revivalists take the stage, they’ll give you 110%. Check out a gallery of photos from today’s Free at Noon in the gallery below. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “When I’m Able” by The Revivalists

The Revivalists | Photo by Alysse Gafkjen
The Revivalists | Photo by Alysse Gafkjen

Soulful and rocking, The Revivalists are a seven piece band based in New Orleans. With horns a plenty, pedal steel and keyboards complementing the guitar, bass and drums setup, the band formed in 2007 and since then has become a major touring band and a fixture on the local New Orleans music scene. Fronted by David Shaw, the band’s recent album, City of Sound was self-released in 2012 and was re-released with bonus live songs on Wind-Up Records last March. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Shark Tape fill the room with energy upstairs at World Cafe Live

Shark Tape | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Shark Tape | Photo by Brittany Salerno

Philly-based rock trio Shark Tape played a lively set and kept the crowd moving upstairs at today’s Free At Noon. After they launched into their set, the room quickly filled with their sound; guitarist / vocalist Niles Weiss laid into soaring guitar solos, lead vocalist and bassist Stephen Lorek kept the low end thumping and howled to the crowd; drummer Dylan Mulcahly kept a tight beat and embellished with his own vocals. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Parquet Courts rile the crowd with rowdy jams

Parquet Courts | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Parquet Courts | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Brooklyn’s Parquet Courts took the stage for Free At Noon and did not disappoint. Livening up a fall Friday afternoon, they launched right into “Slide Machine” off their upcoming album Content Nausea (to be released under the new moniker Parkay Quarts next week). Playing with precision, the group moved quickly from song to song; the audience bobbed and shook to the lively “Ducking & Dodging” and “Vienna II.” Continue reading →

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Just in time for tomorrow’s Free At Noon, stream the new album by Parkay Quarts

Parkay Quarts | Photo by Samantha York
Parkay Quarts | Photo by Samantha York

The newest release from the Parquet Courts/Parkay Quarts camp, Content Nausea, is out in the States digitally next Monday. The band is calling is somewhere between an EP and an LP and is the second collection of songs recorded under the Parkay Quarts moniker. It comes only five months after the release of PQ’s Sunbathing Animal. With one member of the band finishing a degree in mathematics, and another starting a family, Content Nausea features mostly the work of Andrew Savage and Austin Brown, with the help of a couple of friends (Jackie-O Motherfucker’s Jef Brown on saxaphone and Eaters’ Bob Jones on fiddle). Stream the band’s new album, Content Nausea. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Angus and Julia Stone play an intimate and engaging show at World Cafe Live

Angus & Julia Stone - Photo by: Kelsey Stanger
Angus & Julia Stone | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Today’s Free At Noon featured Australian folk rock duo Angus and Julia Stone. The two mosied on stage in front of a bubbly crowd and cut right to the chase, launching into their recent hit “A Heartbreak.” They played with candor, interweaving old gems and new ones alike. The performance featured cameo appearances of covers disguised in the Stones’ sound, including Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” as well as “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease. As the set came to it’s close, the two thanked the crowd with sincerity and trickled off stage, but not before Angus coolly gave the crowd a hang-loose shaka shake.

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Free At Noon Flashback: Down-to-earth songsters Kindness unleash funky jams

Photo by Brittany Salerno
Photo by Brittany Salerno

Kindness jammed out and wowed the crowd at today’s Free At Noon concert. Displaying amazing musicianship, the UK band showcased its recently released album Otherness as well as a few throwbacks like “Gee Up” and “House.” Speckled with jaw-dropping solos from collaborators on saxophone, drum, and guitar and framed with powerful backup vocals, the music was funky and fun. Continue reading →